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A university CIO says that sysadmins determined to do their bit for the environment - and save cash on printer consumables - should switch fonts wherever possible to Century Gothic.

Diane Blohowiak, Director of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, says she has switched the college's email system from Arial to Gothic default as part of a "five year plan to go green". The story comes to us courtesy of local radio station WPR.

According to Blohowiak, Century Gothic when printed out uses 30 per cent less ink than Arial, and even trounces a well-known (though unnamed) "eco font". She says that printer ink costs her department $10,000 per gallon, though obviously it is supplied in smaller units.

According to WPR, the thrifty IT chief and her academic colleagues are "interested in doing what they can to be environmentally conscious and minimize use of resources".

“But it was also appealing to people to save money on their supply and expense budgets,” she added.

A summary of the WPR report can be read as of publication by scrolling down this page. ®

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